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work overload are conditions that exist prevalently, such measures
can often be overlooked.
To examine these conditions, CLEO, in collaboration with the
" Laiko " General Hospital and the Medical School of the National
Kapodistrian University of Athens, set-up a study to investigate
the knowledge, attitudes, and practices of healthcare workers
around COVID-19 and infection control measures adopted in
Greek public hospitals. Due to the sheer overwhelming nature
of the second and third waves of the pandemic at hospitals, the
study experienced significant delays, but it was completed successfully
in March 2021. The first results of the study are presented
below.
The researchers asked HCWs in six major public hospitals
around Greece to fill in an anonymized questionnaire with questions
pertaining to their knowledge, their actual practices and
their beliefs around COVID-19 and hospital measures. A total
of 590 healthcare workers responded to the survey (an 87%
response rate).
Knowledge Gaps Revealed
The study revealed several knowledge gaps among HCWs about
the correct methods and timing preventative measures against
COVID-19 in the hospital. Even though most HCWs appeared
to know how to manage patients (diagnose and treat) correctly,
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many still misidentified the procedures that could be putting
them at risk of infection or scored low at identifying and using
personal protective equipment appropriately. They also did not
seem to be well-aware of the procedure they would need to follow
should they be exposed to confirmed COVID-19 cases. These
knowledge gaps were also highlighted by an uncertainty around
the fatality, severity, and source of COVID-19, as well as reflected
on their practices. For example, while HCWs scored well at following
protocol for managing hospital visitors and COVID-19
cases, there was still room to improve how hand washing is performed
or how PPE is used in daily practice.
Targeting these knowledge gaps will be key to help HCW
become more confident in their understanding and adherence
to COVID-19 prevention and control measures. In the survey,
HCWs themselves reported low satisfaction levels with respect
to training received, and towards the overall management of
the pandemic within the national healthcare system. Indeed,
regular theoretical and practice-based training, combined with
accessible hospital policies and signposted guidelines, peer-topeer
advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation of practices can
contribute to better COVID-19 prevention and to lowering the risk
of transmission.
While further analysis of the data of this study is ongoing, these
first observations shed light onto the unmet needs of healthcare
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